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Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Rob Asaro-Angelo highlight economic growth in New Jersey at RWJ University Hospital in New Brunswick on July 18, 2019.

State saw 20,000 new unemployment claims last week

By Nikita Biryukov, September 03 2020 11:45 am

Another 20,176 New Jerseyans filed for unemployment last week, a number almost exactly unchanged from the prior week’s figures.

The new applications bring the state’s total number of unemployment claims to about 1.54 million, 1.35 million of whom have qualified for benefits.

“As long as this pandemic continues to show its power over our economy, the Labor Department will continue to pump vital, family sustaining benefits into the bank accounts of out-of-work New Jerseyans,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. “While our Department is bound by federal laws and regulations that can slow the process, we remain committed to get every penny to every claimant who deserves benefits.”

Of those who qualified for payment, 96% have received some money back from the New Jersey Department of Labor, with the average payout per claimant coming to $11,400.

The department has paid unemployed residents about $343 million in benefits last week. Since mid-March, federal and state unemployment programs have sent roughly $14.7 billion to the state’s workers, though that payments are likely to grow at a slower rate following the sunset of a federal program that paid unemployed residents an additional $600 per week.

That program sunset in July and has yet to be replaced by Congress. The state is seeking a grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Lost Wages Supplemental Assistance Program that would provide unemployed residents with up to $300 per week.

That money likely won’t reach residents until next month, and the New Jersey Department of Labor is still navigating the application process. The agency will send a revised application to FEMA sometime Thursday.

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